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August 8th, 2014

09:43 pm:

Chicks dog scars, right!?

Owwwwww. Fuck. Cow Island bit back.


August 1st, 2014

09:50 pm: Oh Portland...
Portland, you're old! Almost 400 years old.

You've seen a lot. You've been married to a couple of states and have stuck around with the latest one for a good while. Once a Masshole, you turned into a Mainer, the only one syllable state in the union! Once the capitol of the state, you conceded the capitol's move north to a more central location gracefully and didn't worry that much. You didn't need such a title! After all, you're the Forest City, not a Capitol City! You have far more going for you than politicians (thankfully)!

Your early settlements and villages were built and destroyed repeatedly by different foes. In 1866 you nearly burned yourself to the ground with the awesome July 4th party you threw! At least we know that alcohol had no part in that, what with you banning alcohol in the 1850's and keeping those laws in various form until the joyous day of the 21st amendment. Neal Dow laid down the framework of national prohibition, keeping up with the state's motto of Dirigo. But Portland, oh Portland, despite all of that, you kept true to your local motto - Resurgam! I will rise again. It's a wonder that we haven't attracted a pharmaceutical manufacturer for making little blue pills with that kind of motto.

You're one of those really quirky cities, built early enough that "roads" are a relative term. Winding, ridiculous intersections, insane infrastructure that's liable to break any time anywhere and remain broken for months at a time (see the intersections of Pleasant and Center St for a present day example).

While you have some of the characteristics of an old New England codger, not accepting people into your "locals" club formally, you'll open your arms and heart to someone who really loves you and welcome them home warmly when they return from away. Of course, you'll shake their car to pieces on the northern part of Fore St or Kennebec Street, but that's just the kind of hug you offer. Those same cobblestones that will shake apart the car will also entertain us as we watch the fancier dressed ladies daintily trying to walk down Wharf St from one hip club to the next on a warm summer night.

Portland, you do welcome people in and you don't really care if they're black, white, tan or purple; straight or gay or some other identity. You really are pretty open that way. You DO care that everyone puts in a good days work makes some contribution, but other than that, you're not so worried about who they're lying in bed with. And yes, you are a bit of a jerk sometimes when it comes to English speaking or not for some of your immigrants, but the Franco-Americans among you remind you enough that you need to suck it up and not be a jerk.

And you certainly accept the eccentric. Your arts community booms and you have more potters than you can shake a clay stained stick at. Your creative economy is vast, particularly if you include the chefs and bartenders. You find yourself in the top 10 and 20 lists for all the food magazines, though some of the locals wonder why people fawn over your French Fries and other seemingly normal fare.

Your breweries are world renowned and you bring hundreds to wait in line for hours to pay $8/bottle for a beer. Your distilleries are also gaining ground and adding to the local flavor. Neal Dow is certainly long dead, not forgotten, but nobody would dare say he has sway in this town any longer.

You bring in thousands to visit you and thrive on the visitation. You are growing and bursting at the seams with your housing market, but you remain weird, odd and fun. Closing down a street during art walk doesn't take a permit, people simply see that the road is full of xylophones and they move onto other routes.

And yet Portland, with all this joy and fun and play, you work. Damn it, do you work. You have ships in and out all day. Your offices fill in the morning and empty in the evening, plugging up all the roads leading to you. And yet, while it may take a few minutes to leave you or filter our ways through you, those highways near you run fast and well until the fender benders happen.

But yes, you work Portland. In offices, boats, restaurants, shops, galleries, studios, classrooms, maintenance shops and private quiet offices, you work. You provide goods and services all day long, and in some cases all night long. But then when the office elevators stand quiet, your streets light up and restaurant and bar doors fly open wide, beckoning to those same office people and their friends to come in, relax and enjoy your warm embrace. And when they enjoy too much and take a cab home, you let them wait until 9 am to pick up their car the next morning.

Portland, you're a wide open town for being surrounded by so much water. But we fly in, drive in, take a ferry in, all the time. And we may leave, because you're kind of small and don't have everything in you, but we always come back. And we stumble as we walk on and off your curbs of greatly varied heights, but we still walk through you, strolling at times, rushing in the colder months.

You're a pretty fine dame, Portland, Maine. Keep it up, you're on a good path. I'm not sure where you need to "rise again", but I'm damn glad you already have several times before I got to know you.

October 1st, 2012

10:05 pm: Oh, hullo
Seems I haven't posted in here in eleventy one years!

September 22nd, 2011

10:49 am: Project, Eagle Scout related
I'm seeking Eagle Scouts for a project I'm working on. If you're particularly annoyed by the exclusionary policies of the Boy Scouts of America, I'm looking for you. Comments will be screened for your own privacy concerns. In the future, the project will be open to all, not just Eagle Scouts, but not quite yet.

Current Mood: optimistic

April 14th, 2009

10:58 am: Dear Digg
Dear Digg,

Diggbar sucks. Fsck you.

December 31st, 2008

06:53 pm: Write in
Please, write your Maine Representative or Senator, especially if they sit on the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs for the state. (Maine Legislature only here, not feds)

Here's where to find your congress critter.

Let them know that you support MPBN and that you expect the state to live up to its obligations and support it, like the legislation says it is supposed to!

Look at the press release which includes the chapter and verse of the legislation that tells the state they're supposed to fund this. Stress the value to the entire state of having one network which reaches the state, not just for weather emergencies but for DHS related alerts as well.

Please be polite and concise and get your snail mail in the mail by January 2nd! Or it won't make it. Snail mail packs the biggest punch, but email and phone calls work too.

Please help.


December 9th, 2008

09:47 am: Dear Lazyweb - audio edition
Dear Lazyweb,

I'm interested in the idea of pulling the sound off a mixing board into my Mac, a Mac Book Pro.

What hardware and software would anyone suggest for getting some decent quality recording from this type of setup?

The reason? I am having wonderful ideas, based on my last post, about recording some of these gigs for $WORK and trying to get some of it on the air. Of course lots of logistics and permission needs to happen, but it's an idea. And I figure the easiest way to get the audio is either record to DAT (I think our news team would have a Marantz I could use) or to my laptop - which just seems smarter.

October 25th, 2008

05:53 pm: Hrm
It seems to me like Pop!Tech, TED and SXSW are all merging into 'techno geeks meet the music world' cons. For those with hug bankroll. With Pop!Tech adding artists like Amos Lee, Imogen Heap and (gasp!) Paul Simon, they seem to be grasping at "Look, we have brains... and WE'RE COOL TOO!" Whereas SXSW was already cool without knowing it and without screaming it, but now are saying "We maked us smart. You come too." And TED, well, I don't know enough of the history of it, but it seems to be "May I have your gold card number please Sir/Madam? Yes, here's your confirmation number."

*shrug* Makes me wonder at what their directions are and what their targets are. It is interesting to watch the evolution of the events though.

August 13th, 2008

10:15 am: ISO announcer
MPBN is looking for a part time classical announcer. Other duties as assigned too. A knowledge of classical music is required, as well as a clue on how to pronounce names and works. It's a weekend shift, but you could get more shifts as well. It could also lead into more programming later on.

AFAIK, the position will be in Bangor, but there's a possibility that it could be in Portland later. In all likelihood, it _will_ be in Portland later, as that's the overall goal for radio operations. Yet, things are still controlled up in Bangor.

[ed: This position would be based in Portland, but would have some training in Bangor, AFAIK.]


June 18th, 2008

10:21 am: Squee?
Am I actually making a noise of



May 13th, 2008

08:59 pm: Dear Lazyweb, Renaissance edition
I am s l o w l y getting back into fairs and such. I have two shows to be at this year and there might be a third. I need.... boots.

Yep, it's time. I need boots. I've always had crap for boots, but I need to kick it up a notch. I'm not great with fitting into just anyone's shoes/boots, so I'm worried about getting a pair that won't fit right, but mail order seems to be my only option.

What are my requirements? Over calf, at least. I don't think I want full height bucket boots, they seem to just not be something I'd enjoy, and I wonder if they'll work with requirement two. Requirement two - I gotta be able to fight in these. That means armor. I'm not looking for steel toe boots, if I need to, I'll just have sabatons put into the kit. But for shows, I think I can get away without them.

Over calf
Can fight in them with armor on
Comfortable for a wider foot
Excellent return policy from the company

I don't think the sodhopper type boots will work for me. I think they're also beyond my budget right now. I might get a pair of those in the future because I have heard that they are the most comfortable ones you can get, bar none. You also need to be fitted for them, which is fine and damn well better be the case when they cost that much.

I welcome your recommendations. I know there are some $70 boots out there that are taller. There are also $400 boots that are tall too (see above comment on sodhoppers).


April 15th, 2008

09:08 am: The Miss Portland Diner
After looking at it for months under a blue tahp, the finally moved the Miss Portland Diner yesterday.

Given away by its owner, the town solicited bids and finally came up with a buyer from NJ. The only saving grace in that is NJ is a great place for diners.

But all winter long, the Miss Portland languished, under a green tarp, then a blue tarp to cover the other tarp, and in a parking lot off Marginal Way in Portland. It was right across from the Whole Foods store. It's likely you missed it if you drove by it. It's lucky it didn't get scrapped.

But the owner finally closed on the land and they had actually poured a foundation for the diner and yesterday, as I was driving to work, I noticed "Hey, they took off the tahp!". I also noticed a large truck was nearby. On my way home from work, I found it was gone from storage. It was, however, sitting on new pillars and poured concrete foundation next to the new building on Marginal Way. It's dwarfed by the new building, but it's there nonetheless.

I took pictures which I present here. This shot is the best of them (also beyond the cut), but it was with my camera phone.

I'll update the progress as I see it and will try to take pictures on the days I'm commuting in or out of Portland. I'll try to make sure my still camera has batteries in it. Doh! I tried to take pictures with the real camera this morning, but my batteries were dead.

I was very surprised that there was very little local coverage on this move. But a Boston station picked up the story (warning, video loads automatically with advert first) and Maine Today also picked up on it.

Please feel free to filter the tag 'miss portland' if you don't want to read my updates about this.

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September 28th, 2007

08:48 am: *sigh*
After a long fight, jclewley succumbed to cancer Wednesday.

Current Mood: morose

June 23rd, 2007

04:43 pm: Sounds like something people yell when they're on fire!
My guacamole seems to have turned out more like a salsa than guac, but it tastes good. I think bad_gustav knows what I mean.

2 avocados - fork mashed
3 backyard beauty tomatoes - diced
1 white onion - diced
1 lime - juice of
2 hot peppers, seeded and chopped exceedingly fine
1/2 bunch cilantro - mostly leaves, chopped exceedingly fine
1 shot (or so) Jose Cuervo Tequila

mix in large bowl with a silicone spatula. Refrigerate.

Serve cold.

I think I'll serve it with some traditional 'greens' salad and some chips too. Kind of a make it all up salad and thing.

I'm happy with how it tastes initially, as is apkeimel - so that's good enough. I certainly wouldn't call it

November 9th, 2006

06:22 pm: A quick pre-announcement announcement
Today is November 9th.

For the list of things that happened on this day, see Wikipedia. Some more notable items were the Great Boston Fire, Proclamation of the German Republic from Kaiser Wilhelm, the Beer Hall Putsch, Kristallnacht (wow, bad date for the Germans, eh?), The Opening of the Berlin Wall (okay, getting better), Mozilla Firefox 1.0 was released, Halo II was released. And, the reason for me bringing up this date, Walter Sobczak was born.

I've posted in the past about Walter. I won't remind all of you, but he's been an influence in my life. And he died last year, at 'too damn young' an age.

After Walter passed, some of us discussed the idea of running a costume party in honor of him. Well, nothing really was done with it this year, due to whatever circumstances. But I'd like to change that. I'm putting forth a plan for a fund-raising costume party around Halloween 2007. Proceeds would likely benefit transplant groups and/or the ACS. I'd also like to try and allocate some of the money and give it to Rennies that need help with expenses while they're not in the best of health. Of course, if we got corporate sponsors, that would be harder to do. But I have ideas. :)

Obviously, this is early for planning, but it's the perfect time to start planning. I envision the event occuring in New Hampshire. I see it as a place for anyone to come and put on their best costumes, all of them worthy of prizes. I see cash and donated prizes from sponsors. I see a DJ and/or a band. I see food and a bar. Yep, this will be an adult party (not as in ADULT adult, but as in 'no kids' adult. So, find a sitter).

I've been in touch with Barbara, Walter's widow, and she's given her blessing and offered her help. This is your chance to offer your help. Time, talent, money, whatever.

The biggest expenses would be the venue, food and bar. I'd like to see an open bar, but I know that might not be practical. If it's cash bar, I'd insist on a portion of the proceeds to go toward the fundraising aspect. If you think you can help with venue, food or bar items, please let me know, you can even do so outside of the comments.

There will be publicity. This is intended as a higher end event and I know that this may be somewhat contrary to the payrolls of many rennies, but I also know that it'll likely be right after a couple of fairs close - so recently paid rennies are easier to get donations from! :) Hehe...

Really, I want to do something good for some people who need it and if we can honor Walter in the process - cause he just LOVED costumes - all the better.

If you're interested in helping, please let me know in comments or at $MY-LJ-NAME@gmail.com .

Thanks for bearing with this announcement being NOT lj-cut.

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November 7th, 2006

10:29 am: Vote
"There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order."

October 6th, 2006

02:30 pm: Quark or filemaker person
A company I know of in Maine has an IMMEDIATE need for an EXPERIENCED Quark and/or Filemaker person. This would be a contract gig, 'weeks' in length. Unknown compensation, but I'll put you in touch with those people who have the power to make things happen.

The position would be in Central Maine for a few weeks. I don't think they'll be able to do a telecommute, but at this point, one never knows. Please, you need to already know your stuff, no time for learning on this one.

Please circulate.

Comment in this blog (screened) and I'll get you the contact info.

[ED: Talent found. Thank you.]

10:13 am: Quark and Filemaker person?
A company I know in Maine has an IMMEDIATE need for an EXPERIENCED Quark and Filemaker person. Respond in comments and I'll put you in touch with whom you need to talk to.

Please, this is a need for EXPERIENCED people only, there's no time to train.

Please feel free to circulate this. I don't have any specifics as to pay or benefits or any of that, but I'll definately get you in touch with the right person.


August 26th, 2006

06:33 pm: Wet
It's been a wet summer. Very wet.

The mud hole in the back of the yard is deep enough to swallow a John Deere LT180. It did.

Important trick - pull out the transmission lock to roll the tractor. You can half lift the tractor and get at least one wheel off the ground at a time. This is very useful.

Also, if you go axle deep, that's good sometimes, cause the mud is likely DEEPER than the axle, which allows you to get something underneath the wheel and pull it out.

That is all.

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